Agency Officials on Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Supporting Internet of Things

Agency Officials on Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Supporting Internet of Things
Internet of Things

Federal officials discussed how their agencies could help support internet of things (IoT) through public-private partnerships, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. 

Daniel Morgan, chief data officer and assistant chief information officer at the Department of Transportation, said agencies working to establish relationships with industry associations could enable such partnerships to support IoT. 

“From where I sit inside Transportation, I think one of the important things to do is, because the deployment space for us is usually through a state local government, what we need to be able to think through is how whatever resources we build reach the deployment community most effectively,” Morgan said Tuesday during a panel for the Smart Cities/IoT At ACT-IAC webinar. 

“One of the things that I want to be able to better understand is how we can leverage public-private partnerships to disseminate best practices and approaches so that we can move ahead.” 

Emery Csulak, principal deputy CIO at the Department of Energy (DOE), said most discussions on 5G are about supply chain risk management, incident response and workforce and that evaluating threats to the supply chain could be one of the areas public-private partnerships could help DOE in the coming year. 

“We’re really looking at partners in the commercial sector to say, ‘how do we come up with solutions that are reasonable?’ Because you can go way overboard, and you can spend a lot of time looking at every nuanced piece of every component within an [internet of things] device,” Csulak said. 

“Or you can look at organizational risk, or you can look at a number of different things, and then in reality, look, can you actually implement that?”

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